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Secondary Physical Education PGCE

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Full time


9 months

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Physical Education Mathematics Teaching Teaching In Secondary Schools Secondary Schools (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Keep young people active at school with our Physical Education PGCE. At Staffordshire University, we’ll help you become confident teaching children new sports and encouraging teamwork. You’ll get experience on placement and develop your expertise on campus.

As a teacher of physical education, it is your responsibility to differentiate lessons to cater for all ages and abilities utilising the national curriculum to inform your teaching and ensuring all students make progress.

The course has been designed to help you understand how to support students from KS3, KS4 and KS5. You’ll develop the skills needed to inspire the young people in your class to continue with physical activity long after they leave the school.

Personal tutors will be a large part of your support network and will provide both subject specific and course specific training. They are there for support and guidance and this will range from; top tips when teaching your first lesson to developing questioning techniques.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PGCE Secondary Physical Education.


Assessment for your PGCE involves portfolio work, assignments, and observed classroom practice. We’ll often ask you to reflect on approaches you’ve used in the classroom and their effectiveness.

You’ll also be regularly observed by your school-based mentor and university tutor. Working with your placement schools, we’ll identify areas of professional practice that you find challenging.


With a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you’ll be ready to teach physical education in secondary schools across England.

Most of our graduates secure their first teaching position while on the PGCE, with many of them securing roles within our partnership schools.

After you’ve completed this course, you can join our Masters in Education. Your PGCE gives you Masters credits which means you’ll be fast tracked and can complete this course by the end of your second year of teaching.


This module will focus on the pedagogy and practice of teaching. You will develop your understanding of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and the craft of teaching.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

For this course, you need a degree in Physical Education or a related subject and a GCSE grade C/4 or above in both English Language and Mathematics, we also expect you to be confident in technology. After you apply, we’ll arrange a selection interview. During the interview process we will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities, such as communication skills, resilience for teaching, and how easy you’ll find it to relate to secondary age students. If you accept a formal offer, you’ll need to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and you’ll need clearance to work with children (Enhanced DBS).

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with learning industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare...more

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